This week in Aspen history

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The photo above shows Roch Run on Aspen Mountain, 1938.
Aspen Historical Society Collection/Courtesy photo

“Frank Willoughby first to ride the ‘Roch Run’,” proclaimed The Aspen Daily Times on Nov. 11, 1937. “Frank Willoughby, president of the local ski club, is the first person ever to ride Aspen’s spectacular ski course, the ‘Roch Run.’ Frank strapped on his ‘long shoes’ late Monday afternoon for a leisure jaunt down into the city from above the Midnight Mine, at the head of the course. He reported that it took but 15 minutes for the ‘flight’ which gave all Aspenites who viewed the last part of his descent a real thrill. Snow in the high altitudes is quite deep at this time, but about 10 inches more on the level will make the lower end of the course most ideal for skiing.”

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